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Fiacre - French Song played often on BBC in '50s

eftifino 30 Mar 13 - 09:44 AM
GUEST,Georgina Boyes 30 Mar 13 - 10:16 AM
GUEST,B.B. Cone 30 Mar 13 - 12:07 PM
eftifino 30 Mar 13 - 12:24 PM
John MacKenzie 30 Mar 13 - 12:51 PM
GUEST,Georgina Boyes 30 Mar 13 - 01:01 PM
Will Fly 30 Mar 13 - 02:03 PM
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Subject: French Song played often on BBC in '50s
From: eftifino
Date: 30 Mar 13 - 09:44 AM

Every time I hear 'Feelin' Groovy' by Simon and Garfunkel, I'm reminded of a song sung in French in the '50s and '60s on BBC Radio. It was a gentle song sounding as if the singer was trotting on a horse, and the only part of a line I remember is
" Ya ta Yata de da, Hopla' and 'beedleup, beedleup, beedleup bo."

Can anyone help with name, singer or if it can still be sourced?


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Subject: RE: French Song played often on BBC in '50s
From: GUEST,Georgina Boyes
Date: 30 Mar 13 - 10:16 AM

It could be 'Le Fiacre', first sung by the wonderful Yvette Guilbert. There's a Youtube version of her 1907 performance of it here -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_EvD1NuPEE

Georgina


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Subject: RE: French Song played often on BBC in '50s
From: GUEST,B.B. Cone
Date: 30 Mar 13 - 12:07 PM

Yes, it sounds like it's Le Fiacre but I think it was the Jean Sablon version that I was played on the wireless in the 1950s.


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Subject: RE: French Song played often on BBC in '50s
From: eftifino
Date: 30 Mar 13 - 12:24 PM

That's it, I think. Thank you both very much. Now I have the name and singers to hunt further. cheers!


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Subject: RE: French Song played often on BBC in '50s
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 30 Mar 13 - 12:51 PM

A fiacre BTW is a type of horse drawn carriage, and if I remember correctly, the song concerns naughty things that happen, in one such vehicle.


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Subject: RE: French Song played often on BBC in '50s
From: GUEST,Georgina Boyes
Date: 30 Mar 13 - 01:01 PM

Exactly! I doubt the BBC in the '50's would have broadcast Yvette Guilbert's performance - which makes the naughtiness much more obvious. Jean Sablon's version was more proper and got away with any suggestiveness by being - well - French.
Georgina


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Subject: RE: Fiacre - French Song played often on BBC in '50s
From: Will Fly
Date: 30 Mar 13 - 02:03 PM

Indeed, 'twas Jean Sablon. I have that very record and play it regularly. A charming song by one of the greatest French male singers ever.


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